2018 in Review: A Farmington drive-by, a Farmington Hills murder

We’re counting down our biggest stories of 2018 in local business, city government, law enforcement, schools, and the arts.

While crime rates have dropped to record low levels in Farmington and Farmington Hills, both cities experienced episodes of gun violence just weeks apart in 2018.

A rare drive-by shooting peppered a home on Wesley Street in Farmington at around 10:30 p.m. on September 21. No one was injured, and investigators quickly determined that the home was targeted.

Earlier this month, Public Safety Director Frank Demers said the investigation remains “very, very active.” The local department is working with three federal and a dozen local law enforcement agencies.

UPDATE: Farmington police say drive-by shooting targeted home on Wesley

Just a few weeks after the Farmington incident, two men were shot at a Farmington Hills apartment complex, one fatally. Hills police said the victim in that shooting, 22-year-old Alex Ward, was also targeted. He was a Farmington resident and former Farmington High School student.

Monday shooting victim was Farmington resident

Three men – Maliek Thomas Williams, 20, Jamir Dmarco Brown-Gray, 22, and Steven Doinelle Davis, 19 – face multiple charges in connection with the incident, which happened at around 1 a.m. on October 15. Their preliminary exam got underway this month and will continue at 1:30 p.m. on January 10.

UPDATE: Three face charges in fatal Farmington Hills shooting